Experts predict that the number of people diagnosed with dementia will triple in the next 30 years.
Experts predict that by 2050, global dementia cases will have risen to 153 million due to obesity, smoking, high blood sugar, and poor education.
According to a study published in The Lancet Public Health journal, the number of people living with the disease will triple from 57 million in 2019.
The figure in the United Kingdom is expected to increase by 75%, from 907,000 to 1.6 million.
“We need to focus more on prevention and control of risk factors,” lead author Emma Nichols of the University of Washington, USA, said.
“Even small steps toward preventing dementia or slowing its progression would yield significant benefits.”
Cases will be fueled in large part by population growth and aging.
Obesity, high blood sugar, and smoking, on the other hand, are expected to account for 6.8 million cases, according to her.
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North Africa and the Middle East are expected to see the most growth (367%), followed by eastern Sub-Saharan Africa (357%).
Previous research has suggested that if 12 key risk factors such as social isolation, high blood pressure, air pollution, alcohol abuse, hearing impairment, depression, and diabetes were eliminated, up to 40% of cases could be prevented or delayed.
Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Hilary Evans stated that “the same bold, coordinated, and ambitious action” used against Covid must be used against dementia worldwide.
“While stacking the odds in your favor with lifestyle choices is advisable, we urgently need more research to find cures,” said Prof Bart De Strooper, of the UK Dementia Research Institute.